San Francisco, California – Travis Mitchell has lived in Greenville, California, since he was five.
The 34-year-old returned to his home a week ago to find it still standing, although it smelled like smoke, the food in his fridge had rotted, and one of his goats had been eaten by wolves.
A month earlier, Mitchell had evacuated just before flames engulfed the small former mining community he has called home for most of his life.
“The town’s pretty much gone,” Mitchell said of Greenville, which had about 1,000 residents before the Dixie Fire burned it to the ground. “Down the road from me, all my neighbours are gone.”
He said he “got lucky” that the wind changed and his home was spared. A few buildings, including